Is Daishowa Learning?

Lubicon Lake Indian Nation
Little Buffalo Lake, AB
FAX: 403-629-3939

Mailing address:
3536 - 106 Street
Edmonton, AB T6J 1A4
FAX: 403-437-0719

February 16, 1992

Enclosed for your information are a couple of newspaper articles on the continuing education of Daishowa.

The articles suggest that Daishowa is learning but the necessary commitments from Daishowa still aren't in place, not with regard to Wood Buffalo Park where Mr. Hamaoka said only that he "can't see" Daishowa logging "ever again", and certainly not with regard to the unceded Lubicon territory.

The Lubicon people therefore ask that the pressure on Daishowa be maintained until Daishowa makes firm and unequivocal commitments to:

  1. stay out of Wood Buffalo Park;

  2. stay out of the unceded Lubicon territory at least until there's a settlement of Lubicon land rights and a harvesting agreement negotiated with the Lubicon people respecting Lubicon wildlife and environmental concerns.

Attachment #1: THE EDMONTON JOURNAL, Friday, February 14, 1992


Changing attitudes cited for stoppage

Vicki Barnett

Calgary Herald


There will never again be logging in Wood Buffalo Park even though there's a legal contract to allow the activity, says Daishowa Canada's general manager.

"I can't see us logging in Wood Buffalo ever again," Thomas Hamaoka told THE HERALD editorial board Thursday. "Attitudes have changed."

Logging in the national park by Canadian Forest Products, which supplies Daishowa's High Level mill with logs, has become a local, national and international issue for environmentalists.

Hamaoka said Daishowa has already lost $1 million in revenue because cutting in Wood Buffalo has stopped, and is seeking speedy compensation from the federal government. The company wants up to $10 million to retool its mill, plans to use a greater percentage of each tree cut, and is looking for an alternate timber supply.

"There are areas of northern Alberta which hopefully we could gain access to," he said, identifying one potential source of timber as the Little Red River Band, which has two reserves between Wood Buffalo and Fort Vermillion.

Other means of seeking compensation for the park logging lease are arbitration and legal action -- but they're a last resort, Hamaoka said, pointing out the federal government hasn't responded to a company compensation proposal made two years ago.

Daishowa's image has taken a beating recently because of logging in Wood Buffalo, and because of claims by the Lubicon Cree that logging activities on lands they claim for a reserve would mean genocide -- a statement Hamaoka disputes.

In Australia last December, protesters demanded the government of New South Wales not renew Daishowa timber leases because of Lubicon claims. In Brussels, Vienna, Dusseldorf and London, demonstrators protested against the company in January. And in Toronto, Pizza Pizza has been picketed and had its phone lines flooded with nuisance calls because it uses Daishowa products.

The boycott called by the Lubicons "has been negative on our employees and our credibility internationally, but economically it has been insignificant," Hamaoka said.

Dismissing claims that logging will desecrate Lubicon lives, he said, "The crux of the issue is one of compensation. The Lubicons want $170 million as an interim settlement (for land claims) and the federal government has offered $45 million."

Daishowa consultant Henry Wakabayashi said problems such as the Lubicon dispute are hurting investment in Alberta.

"I would think I'd be hard-pressed in today's times to invest here. Every time you turn around, you're running into situations which are going to cost," Wakabayashi said.

Attachment #2: THE EDMONTON SUN, Sunday, February 16, 1992


A traditional Japanese ceremony was held yesterday to inaugurate Daishowa Paper Manufacturing's newest plant.

Under a huge mural of Mount Fuji, Daishowa president Takashi Saito and kimono-clad guests of honor smashed open a barrel of saki with the help of a wooden mallet.

Federal Treasury Board Chairman Gilles Loiselle, Quebec Forestry Minister Albert Cote and Quebec Mayor Jean-Paul L'Allier were among the dignitaries on hand for the festivities.

The new de-inking facility will not use any chloride compounds which are harmful to the environment, Saito told the assembled guests.

"My brother Heizaburo helped develop this technology while doing research at the University of Maine in 1957," said Saito. "This (de-inking) technique is the most widely used in the world today.

"We are just completing a similar factory in the United States," he added, promising Daishowa would be a model corporate citizen.

In Alberta, Daishowa Canada has been locked in a land-claims dispute with the Lubicon Indians, leading to calls for an international boycott of Daishowa products.

Daishowa Paper Mfg. Co., Japan's second-largest paper company, lists a $756 million pulp plant in Peace River, 370 km northwest of Edmonton, as well as a pulp mill near Quebec City, among its assets.